15-Year-Old Hayward Boy Died On Train Tracks

Authorities identify Austin Price as the teenager who was struck and killed Thursday night by an Amtrak train in San Lorenzo.


Bay City News -- The boy who was fatally struck by an Amtrak train in San Lorenzo on Thursday evening has been identified as 15-year-old Austin Price of Hayward, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

Price was struck on the tracks north of the Hayward Amtrak station at about 6:40 p.m., Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.

KTVU reported that the accident occurred on the tracks near Lewelling Boulevard and Via Granada, and that authorities believe the teenager who was killed may have been playing a game of dares with three other boys.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Department has not responded to queries about the cause of the incident, or confirmed the KTVU story that Patch reported Thursday night.

Ken Briggs April 12, 2013 at 06:33 PM
just some dumb and stupid kids on the tracks . the front of train is in back and the horn did not blow because no one seen the kids . so where did the other kids do ? hope they woke up now . sorry for the kids parents . he is in a better vplace now anyway .
Ken Martin April 12, 2013 at 07:28 PM
The engineer is in the front of the train (in the direction of travel) even if it looks like the train is going backwards. I'm sure the engineer SAW the kids but, if they were playing "chicken" with the train, they would have ignored the horn. Anyone that is on or near the railroad tracks is trespassing on private property. The railroad company owns all of their right of way. Every time some kid gets hit (and this is not the first incident in this particular area) a reminder goes out at the school but the kids apparently aren't smart enough to heed or understand it. I am extremely sorry for his family, especially since this was avoidable.
Sarah Smith April 12, 2013 at 10:45 PM
It's sickening and disheartening when a tragic event occurs to a child someone makes the comment that the child(ren) is stupid. It's unfortunate this tragedy occurred the way it did. Kids have minds of their own, especially when they are with their friends, so they will do what they want when they are on their own time. However, based on the circumstances there should not be any reason to bully theses kids by name calling. They are already going through emotional distress for losing their friend. My heart and condolences go out to the family for the loss of their son who may also be a (brother, nephew, and grandson) to other family members. May a white light guide his soul as you try to find peace in your hearts.
Jessica Gardner April 13, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Maybe the school should post the pictures of the kid(s) who have died on the tracks, in the hall way as you enter the school so it's a reminder to all students for years to come. Hopefully it's the last kid to die there.
Michael Moore April 13, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Ken and Ken, the dead splattered young man was no dummy. He was unlucky and unskilled and like all of the unlucky and unskilled who stood up to challenge basic physics and the laws of thermodynamics. he learned first hand and directly the difference between laws of nature and opinions. The good Lord made this young man to show his other friends, neighbors and relations that same rule of Law and the results of poor learning. Sarah, get a grip girl. this cannot be stretched to bullying. Get real. This young man died by God's Grace and His decision to try to show what happens when you play tag with a train. Eventually you the tagger are tagged and vaporized. The family can feel pain, that is good, but all should take heart in his example. Tagging trains will never give a harmonious result. Jessica, good move. Post two pictures, one before the train and one after. Perhap[s you can lobby the coroner's office to show all the pictures of all the folks who were struck by trains. Do you really think that is a good idea. Did Blood Alley make you a better driver. No, pictures of purtrefied children and parts of bodies after the train has destroyed them is not a deterrent. Get off your self righteousness. Moving trains are great ways to die if you are afraid to take more positive action. Take note children, parents and adults.
Jessica Gardner April 13, 2013 at 06:14 AM
I didn't say to post gory pictures, I said to post his picture. Post his school picture and any other students who died on the train tracks. This will be a reminder not only for the current classes but other classes as well.
Ron Lapum April 13, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Our house backs up to the tracks. The train engineer did sound the horn. This was just another tragic example of the "Survival of the Fittest" mentality of many of the youth of today. Just wait until they try playing chicken with a bullet train going 230 miles an hour.
Anonymous April 13, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I am an Amtrak conductor on the Capitol Corridor route and just want to say to the family how sorry we all are for your loss, and how heartbreaking these events are, and how much we feel for the families of these kids. Please know that we do see these these kids in front of us, we blow that whistle for their lives, and are still powerless to prevent most of these accidents. If we could stop we would! We are the first to respond, and these memories we carry with us through our entire careers. I am disheartened by comments that so harshly blame both the parents and the kids, it doesn't help, and it's quite painful for all involved. Please also feel for the kids who had to watch their friend die. Until the owners of the tracks fence off ALL right-of-way's, and make these tracks inaccessible (which they wont do because it costs too much), this will continue to happen.
Tom Abate (Editor) April 13, 2013 at 08:40 PM
I removed a comment, perhaps the one that prompted your remark.
Amtk conductor June 16, 2013 at 01:04 AM
I am one of the conductors that was on the train that hit this boy. In fact I am the one who found his body as he took his last breath. The news is wrong .. There were only two boys . Both stood in the center of the tracks as we laid on the horn. The game they played was to allow the train to get as close to you as possible before you jump out of the way. The boys had been playing all day and several days before ... I can tell you that I don't think anyone should say he was dumb ... He just thought ...as all kids his age do ..he was invincible. He wasn't spattered ( a cold and harsh the to say by the way) he was in tact with a broken neck. I was there... His friend came screaming for him to get up and then realizing the intensity and severity of the results of their game ... He ran off freaked out. Austin paid the ultimate price ... I prayed for him as he took his last breaths then the police and paramedics arrived. It was needless, I agree... But at impact his backpack exploded leaving all his schoolwork littering the tracks... The ones I picked up had good grades... I have children his age it's been hard on our crew and my condolences to his mother and family... I'm truly sorry for the loss of your son ... May god bless you.


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